Grants for Educators – March through June by Roxanne Jensen, Ed. Spec.


Spring Break has arrived, along with Spring Fever for both you and your students. It’s the perfect time to recharge: you’ve earned it! However, if your Spring Break starts to feel a little bit long or rain puts a damper on your plans, consider making yourself a nice cup of tea and taking time to write a grant proposal or two that will empower your instruction and support learning in your classroom.

Assel Grant Services has identified five “teacher-friendly” grant opportunities with deadlines over the next few months.

Ezra Jack Keats 2018 Mini-Grant Program
This is an award of up to $500 that the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation gives to schools or libraries to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education. Programs may serve children from preschool to grade 12.  All completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31 of each year. Those received as of 12 a.m. on April 1 will not be considered.

VOYA Unsung Heroes (previously ING Unsung Heroes)

Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Winners are selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization. Of the 100 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. The Educators Advisory Board, consisting of six distinguished educators from across the U.S., selects the top winners. Applications must be submitted on or before April 30, 2018.

The NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation understands that educators frequently need outside funding for classroom resources. Student Achievement Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award and two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Education support professionals (para-educators, school bus drivers, custodial staff, clerical workers, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. Preference is currently given to proposals that incorporate STEM or global learning into projects. The next deadline for applications is June 1, 2018.

Missouri Department of Conservation: Education Grants
The Missouri Department of Conservation provides funding to support Discover Nature Schools instructional units and Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program at your school. These funds can be used to cover exploration equipment, outdoor classroom materials, and transportation for field experiences. Most classroom grants are for $500. The Archery Equipment Rebate Opportunity provides reimbursement for up to $1,500 worth of official Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program equipment. Applications may be submitted from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant
Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils, and other supporting organizations, this competitive, nationwide funding program provides $300 to $4,000 per year, per school to jumpstart healthy changes. Funds must be used to help your school implement one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play, as found in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. The spring application opens mid-April, with applications due by June 13, 2018.

GPC Competency 1: Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs.  Skill 5:  Identify fundable programs and projects for specific organizations.